October 7, 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: September 10, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5/5 Stars

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. 
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. 
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. 
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. 
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I'm not sure what to say about this book. There are so many good things, so many aspects of it I loved. This book is a feel-good book. One that may make you cry but leave you with a smile when you finish.

It's so realistic and filled with truth about what it's really like to feel left out and insecure, but also what it feels like to grow into yourself and become the person you strive to be. And the characters in this book...let's break down the main ones.

Cath. Insecure and unsure. Confused. Aware of her serious crush on Levi, but not sure how to go about telling him. And then, eventually, forgiving him for what he did. She's happiest on her laptop, writing Simon Snow fan fiction - not waiting for her life to start; living it, as far as she's concerned. Cath grows so much as a character in this novel, and learns to become more comfortable in her own shell, especially with the help of Levi.

Levi is such a realistic and sweet character. He has his flaws, just like anyone else, and as a result of this ends up hurting Cath - but later tries to make it up to her, and succeeds. His relationship with Cath is honest and raw and real and something you could come to expect from both of them.

The other supporting characters were also excellent - Reagan, Wren, and Cath's father being the main ones. Though Wren is sort of a mess, even she manages to come through by the end of the story. The same could be said for Cath's father. And Reagan is just an overall funny and heart-warming character, despite her disposition.

The plot was evenly paced without too much drama, which worked well with the flow of the novel and characters. Even though the book wasn't filled with important events or key plot points, it still managed to make me laugh and even cry a little.

Overall, I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who likes YA.

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